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By: Melodie Duperval
Crystals. Brogues. &. Braids. — These are the favored materials used by upcoming mens footwear designer, Benjamin Shun Lai NG. Originally from Hong Kong, but currently based in the UK, Benjamin has recently completed his MA in menswear/footwear from the Royal College of Art. It was his thesis collection that not only captured major buzz from industry professionals but also won him the annual YKK award. This award was offered along with 10,000 euros to contribute towards Benjamin’s first designer collection. (which he is currently working hard to complete!)
“My collection is based on traditional men’s footwear with a distinct and contemporary signature.”
What makes this designer different from the others? Its his ability to creatively balance the traditional with the contemporary. The structure of Ben’s designs are nothing that we haven’t seen before, but its the materials that he chooses to construct them with that makes us wanting to see more! Guys, Picture it: braided-toe Derby’s, brogue’d out lace-ups, and crystalized soles. Yes, we know it sounds like we’re speaking in code but take a peak at the photos and you’ll quickly be in-the-know!
By Mel McQueen
It’s been just over a year since The Temper Trap have taken the world by storm and become one of the most talked about bands to come out of Australia.
With sold out tours throughout the U.K and Europe and winning the prestigious APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) songwriting award for ‘Sweet Disposition’ the now London based boys take some time out of their busy schedule to talk to us about enjoying the humor of a whoopee cushion, the creative writing process and never having to share a bedroom with their brother again!
FAULT: First of all, how did everyone meet?
I met Dougy when he first moved to Australia from Indonesia 10 years ago. He eventually decided to start a band while he was working in a clothing store which Toby, our drummer was also working at as well. Toby had known Lorenzo for years from school and pulled him in a couple of years down the track to join the band.
FAULT: What was the biggest challenge you had to face when trying to get the band’s name out there?
Way back when we first started we found it difficult as every promoter or club owner has the same looking kind of kids coming up to them a thousand times asking shamelessly for their band to play. Eventually when we got the wheels in motion we didn’t have to beg for gigs so much.
FAULT: Now that the world is watching, how does it feel?
It’s funny, you look on the Myspace and you have the kids saying ‘Come to Wonkapilla’ or something like that. I never knew half of these cities existed; now it’s an honor I guess. (I made Wonkapilla up, there’s no such thing I just couldn’t think of an example)
FAULT: What tour bus shenanigans have taken place so far?
There aren’t too many shenanigans, we’re still immature enough to enjoy the humour of a woopie cushion and lots of dumb jokes. A couple of the boys direct a lot of energy into paying out our touring member Joseph, he’s a New Zealand child star, he’s been tickled by Hercules, the list is long. I feel bad for him sometimes, I try not to join in but it doesn’t stop me from laughing.
FAULT: Playing live VS recording in the studio, what’s the verdict and why?
There is something very satisfying about hearing your work recorded and the hard copy of it. Although playing live is a lot of fun and the majority of us find more satisfaction there. It doesn’t make sense to enjoy recording more anyway, you record once every two years (or every year if you’re lucky) the rest of the time is spent touring.
FAULT: The Temper Trap have played gigs all over the globe. So far, which gig have you enjoyed playing the most?
One of our main milestones was playing in Tokyo because there were 5,000 people having a blast. Our biggest crowd to date was at Falls Festival in Lorne over New Years – I tend to care more about what my state (Victoria) thinks of us then the rest of the world, we felt very loved and the kids really knew the songs.
FAULT: It’s only been 12 months since the release of ‘Conditions’ in Australia and you’re already being dubbed as the best band to come out of the country in ten years, How do you take such generous praise? Do you feel there’s a lot to live up to?
Nah, not really, you just laugh. I think our manager made up that rumour, he was sitting next to a blogger kid and the next minute the word was out.
FAULT: Where to from here? Have you started work on the next album?
We’ve got lots and lots of touring in store, we’re booked out for most of this year. I’m not sure if my brain can handle thinking about the next album yet!
FAULT: It can take years for a band to stumble upon a sound that they’re happy with, is there a structured approach to The Temper Trap’s creative process or is it simply ‘hit and miss’?
It’s hit and miss for sure, we have tried everyway of writing songs and they all work, jams, a whole song idea and we just play around computer programming, we tear apart ideas put them back together again, scrap them, use part an idea for another song. There isn’t a set way.
FAULT: What’s your favourite track of the album?
Love Lost, it has everything that makes for a good pop song I think.
FAULT: If the Temper Trap were to collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
I would say Mumford & Sons but I’m sure the other band members would say something different.
FAULT: Can you finish this sentence?…Long gone are the days of____________________.
Sharing a room with my brother.
FAULT: Can you name 5 things you couldn’t live without?
Showers, socks, the beach, my wife and nice people
FAULT: Who would you say is the most fashionable of the group?
Dougy for sure.
By: Melodie Duperval
FAULT: When did you first realize you wanted to become a footwear designer?
Keeley: The decision to design shoes was an obvious one for me from a young age, I have always been very creative and had a keen interest in fashion but shoes were always my first love! From the age of around 14 when I realised you could do a University degree in footwear design there was no looking back! Someone once said to me that a womans fascination with shoes stems from the fact that no matter how many cream cakes or chocolate you eat your shoe size always stays the same! This means that on those ‘fat days’ when dress or jeans shopping can leave a woman feeling down, shoes shopping is always a pleasure! At the age of around 14 when I realised you could do University degrees in footwear design there was no looking back!
FAULT: Your current collection is full of architectural shapes and bold color patterns. What was the inspiration behind it?
Keeley: The inspiration behind my collection came from my fascination into how sportswear brands more than any other fashion brands manage to transcend class, colour or creed. From the poorest estates or ghettos to the richest neighbourhoods nearly everybody owns one of the most popular sportswear labels of sports footwear. Unlike other brands that have suffered from what is considered as bad publicity through particular fractions of society sporting their brands for example football hooligans or gang members, sports footwear styles, shapes and brands appear to be exempt from this and their brands remain strong. This has led to both high and lower end designs and price tags e.g the basic everyday sneaker to the limited edition hand crafted sneaker from prices ranging from £40- £10,000!. I wanted to use these values to create a collection and a brand that would appeal to a large cross section of society, i did not want my shoes to appear prentious. ‘A Keeley’s Heel’ reflects the urban rawness that sneakers possess as well as having a sexy, sleek feminine touch. In order to do this I used every aspect of sneakers to create the collection. Firstly I deconstructed sneakers and repositioned the pieces in a way that would flatter the female foot in a high heel position. Next I manipulated a photograph of a pair of trainers to create the bold, graphic pattern which is printed on silk and leather throughout the collection. From here i designed the entire collection keeping the shapes, style, materials and colours of sneakers in mind.
FAULT: What are you hoping for in the near future?
Keeley: I hope to gain vital first hand experience of the footwear design industry through working with an experienced footwear designer/company. It can be extremely hard to break into the industry with little work experience in the design world. However, I hope that someone will give me the opportunity to learn and gain the experience I desire with the hope that one day I will have the knowledge and financial stability to launch my own label.
FAULT: And, What is your FAULT?
Keeley: My biggest fault is over-perfection. Sometimes I find it hard to detach myself from a design and move on as I am always in persuit of the perfect shoe!
By: Melodie Duperval
She’s an upcoming designer that you need to keep a look out for. Canadian born, london-based footwear designer, Anastasia Radevich, has been in the spotlight with her FW 2010 ‘Biofuture’ collection. The recent London College of Fashion graduate may be new to the playground with this first collection, but don’t be fooled! Anastasia has extensive footwear experience having gained work experience from both Alexander McQueen and Nicholas Kirkwood. Her collection was also showcased and sold at the London retailer ‘Wolf and Badger’ in February 2010.
Inspiration: Sea Urchins from Under the Sea.
The ‘Biofuture’ collection screams eccentric creativity with strong references to out-of-this-world creatures, in particular, sea urchins found under the sea. The heel of each shoe features sculptured architectural shapes providing a fantastical ‘Atlantis’ sort of feel to the wearer. Even the color palette, with its shades of sea blue, grey, and seaweed green, is inspired by the ocean’s natural color scheme. We’ve decided that this premiere collection of Anastasia Radevich is definitely worth discovering, so DIVE in!
Photographer: Christian Thum
Styling: Iris Kalkreuter
Hair & Makeup: Manuela Kopp (Closeup Agency)
Model: Lia Nikova (Modelwerk)
FAULT Magazine behind-the-scenes video with Harry Potter star Rupert Grint. This feature will be in the Summer 2010 edition of FAULT.